Training ‘cyber warriors’

June 15, 2017 13:35

Lt.-Col. Yaniv Ossi, commander of the computing school that trains hitech soldiers, talks of the threats and intentions to work more closely with academia to retain Israel’s qualitative edge.

IDF computing school

IDF computing school. (photo credit:IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)

In 1958 the IDF decided to acquire its first computer, a Philco 2000 Model 211. It was the size of a room.

“There was a debate over whether they should get a computer or build a new runway,” recalls Lt.-Col. Yaniv Ossi, the commander of the IDF’s elite cyber computing school. At the time, computing was a new technology. Philco, a San Francisco-based company, claimed its system could sort and process a ream of paper filled with data in 18 minutes. Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, then-deputy chief of the General Staff and director-general of the Defense Ministry respectively, both supported the acquisition and saw that the future was in computing.


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